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TIRED OF STUDYING? WONDERING WHY YOU ARE PURSUING GRADUATE SCHOOL? THINK BACK AND THINK FORWARD ABOUT WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO!
For your future:
"Fortune favors the bold." Virgil in The Aenid
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams," Henry David Thoreau
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Work is love made visible." Khalil Gibran
"Success - it's what you do with what you've got." Woody Hayes, OSU Buckeye Coach
"To develop and perfect and arm conscience is the great achievement of history." Lord Acton
"Sure you are romantic about American History - It is the most romantic of all histories. It began in myth and has developed through centuries of fairy stories. Whatever the time is in America, it is always, at every moment, the mad and wayward hour when the prince is finding the little foot that alone fits into the slipper of glass.
"It is a little hard to know what romantic means to those who use the word umbrageously - but if the mad, impossible voyage of Columbus or Cartier or La Salle or Coronado or John Ledyard is not romantic, if the stars did not dance in the sky when our Constitutional Convention met, if Atlantis has any landscape stranger or the other side of the moon any lights or colors or shapes more unearthly than the customary homespun of Lincoln and the morning coat of Jackson, well, I don't know what romance is.
"Ours is a story mad with the impossible, it is by chaos out of dream, it began as dream and has continued as dream down to the last headlines you read in a newspaper. And of our dream, there are two things above all others to be said, that only madmen could have dreamed them or would have dared to --- and that we have shown a considerable faculty for making them con true." Bernard de Voto to Catherine Drinker Bowen, quoted by James Oliver Robertson in American Myth, American Reality, 1980.
For reminding us:
"To destroy the relics of the past is, even in small things, a kind of amputation, a self-mutilation not so much of limbs as of the memory and imagination." D.C. Watt
For understanding your professors:
"Who does not know that the first law of historical writing is the truth?" Cicero
"History is not history unless it is the truth." Abraham Lincoln in a letter to W.H. Herndon, 1856
"The professors laugh at themselves, they laugh at life; they long ago abjured the ... goddess Success, and the best of them will fight for his scholastic ideals with a courage and persistence that would shame a soldier. The professor is not afraid of words like truth; in fact he is not afraid of words at all." Catherine Drinker Bowen
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